Art inspiration advice
Really weird art inspiration advice that actually works? You should follow your heart; trust your gut feelings.
Stay True To Your Vision
Here is the short list of answers for art advice. Trust your gut, stay true, create your own style and keep exploring new ideas. For details keep reading.
If you are a young professional looking for inspiration to help you find yourself working as an artist you may find Lisa Congdon “The Essential Guide for building your career as an Artist” helpful. In her book she reveals many ways you can earn a living by making art through illustration, fine art sales, print sales, licensing and even teaching art.
There are many books written on the topic but what I have written here is not written in books. Or at least I do not believe so.
These are my own experiences I am sharing. By the way I am no expert and I am still learning myself.
Take The Art Job
Don’t be afraid to take the job. Art is a commodity and there are many opportunities for commercial work. Being creative is not easy and people are willing to pay for top talent. Look for work in design.
Designing graphic art, poster art, logo art even web design art. By taking on these types of work you can call yourself a working artist. There are thousands of companies looking for talented web design artists.
3 Creative Web Artists That Will Inspire and Motivate You
What many of these artists have in common is that they were able to draw on valuable life experiences to build on their art success. In addition, they took advice from other artists within their area of expertise.
Handing Over a Dream - Commission Art
Finally, someone recognizes your talent and ask you to do a commission art piece for them. What’s scarier than accepting the commission and then handing over your work? This is exactly what happens when you do a commission to create a custom piece of art. Most of the time the commissioned piece is very near and dear to the heart of the person asking you to do the commission therefore it positively has to be done right. Your art work may end up hanging on the wall for many years to come. As an artist you take the privilege of taking the vision and turning it into a work of art. It’s a scary and exciting feeling at the same time.
Don’t be afraid to accept commission work.
Make Your Niche Now
Why You Should Take Note of Inspiration
There are endless images on the internet but there are very few that are near and dear to you. I am talking about the ones that awaken the creativity in you. These are the images you want to file away and draw inspiration from at a later date. These are things you can come back to later. You should hold on to these. They can become like gold later.
My Top 2 Greatest Resources for Inspiration
The key is to pin your photos into collections called boards. My collections of boards form what I call my collection of intentions. They are images in which inspire me to make my own creations.
Many times I wonder about color combinations and this is where I can actually see what the results would look like on whatever object I am planning to create. It’s a great resource where anyone can go to get ideas for any project or special interest.
I also use it as a way to discover new ideas and things I never knew that were out there. It’s like the Swiss army knife of discovering new things.
The way I use Google images is when I am searching for everyday things on the internet occasionally I run across an interesting photo. I save the image into a folder on my computer or store it on Google docs for review later. On the home page you can search for an image by entering a query and pressing the search button. If you don’t see what you are looking for then you should refine your search. Mostly this happens when I am searching a particular topic where words have more than one meaning.
Top 6 Funniest Google Image Searches
Too bad Google does not show this one in the searches any more. Instead shows images for “died”.
Google may have removed some of the images or revised their search algorithm and now shows other images than the ones depicted above, as in the case of the “Dird”.
It’s easy enough to download images but just make sure you understand the legal aspects of copyrighted material.
Why You Should Get out and Explore
Consider Van Gogh. Van Gogh did not become an instant success over night. Many of his first attempts to paint with watercolors while at school were challenging. While drawing “The Hague” his work did not live up to expatiation. His work was considered disappointing. He was asked to do a second commission in which he did. He experimented with different lighting conditions and different drawing materials until he perfected what he perceived as being good.
Why You Should Always Apply and Apply Again
Any assistance can be great but it’s not easy. Anyone who shows talent and is marketable can receive help in a variety of ways such as cash grants, employment and or internships and even low cost exhibition space.
The first thing to do is decide on your priorities and what you are looking for in the way of help and or assistance. For example, you may need cash for living expenses while your work therefore an unrestricted grant will be the best way forward.
When applying and asked for images of your work make sure you submit ones that you feel are worthy. If the application asks for eight images and you have more than eight but only feel five are worthy, then wait. Wait until you have eight that your feel is worth showing off. Remember these images will represent you and you are looking for your work to show off your skills and abilities. Some organizations will ask you to submit in what appears to be more work than what is really needed to judge your abilities. What they are aiming for is to see if you are capable of completing a body of work and demonstrate you are capable of acting on an idea and completing the task.
Apply for as many opportunities as you feel you are qualified for. And most of all do not get discouraged if you get turned down. Feel free to apply again because many boards or panels change so you may get accepted the next time.
Top 4 resources for locating grants and assistance
Real Life Example of Grants in Action
Just think you are sitting there thinking about your next art project. You are working through the color combinations when you receive call from none other than Susan.
In the case above this really happened, not to me, but to a female artist in Syracuse over the age of 40. She now has the money to peruse her dreams. She of course needed the money but the really big thing is she received the support and encouragement from Susan. This enabled her to continue working on her dreams with confidence!
Over the past two decades Susan Unterberg has anonymously given grants to female artists worth more than five million dollars. In recent years, Susan has decided to come forth and be known as the person behind the grants.
Susan’s photographic work was in the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati in 2004. Her collections were also in the Jewish Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is based out of New York. Susan made her niche. When you see her work you immediately recognize it. She like other great artists were able to think outside the box and come up with very interesting and unique works of art.
“Anonymous Was A Woman” is a grant awarded to ten female artist over the age of 40. It’s an unrestricted grant of twenty five thousand dollars.
Images below are from from the 2017 recipients.
Why You Should Take a Class Now
If you are a degree professional or a self taught artist it pays to take an art class. There are countless benefits by enrolling in an art class. You may even learn new methods or new techniques.
One big benefit is you will most likely meet other artists. Hopefully, you will meet other like-minded people and be able to collaborate with them. This gives you new perspectives on how other artists work and that can be invaluable information for you as you learn and grow.
Taking a class also forces you to hit deadlines and is a great way to gain motivation. It basically forces you to work. While in class you will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about your work and the work of others. By doing so will help you form and solidify you own artistic working methods and philosophies. You will use this knowledge to fine-tune your approach to being an artist.
There are many places that offer excellent classes. They best way to start is to do local searches for private studios and or workshops around where you live. There are also university programs where you can opt for single classes.
My Favorite Art schools in and Around Nashville, TN
How To Improve Your Career Immediately
Victor faced an impossible deadline. He made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book. It’s the summer of 1830 and he had not even started to write. He kept delaying and delaying; he pursued other projects and had fun entertaining. His publisher became very frustrated and responded by setting a deadline in stone. Victor could do nothing but meet the deadline, no more procrastinating.
He developed a plan to meet the deadline. He locked away all his clothes and was left with only one item of skimpy clothing to wear thus discouraging him from going outside. He was no longer temped to go outside and was forced to stay inside and write. His plan worked. He wrote like a madman during the winter of 1830 and as a result his book “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was published two weeks earlier than expected.
When you make plans you are making plans for your future self. Where do you want to be in the future? However, daily life comes in and you are pulled in many directions. What really happens is most of the time you give into instant gratification and postpone your longer term goals. In Victor’s case he beat this temptation by locking away his cloths.
Sometimes you have to resort to thinking outside the box to get things done.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Every artist was first an amateur”